Catalina State Park
Catalina Park History
Hiking, Events & Trails
The Romero Ruins
Across the street from the new Walmart at
11500 N. Oracle Road (Highway 77) in Oro Valley, near Tucson, Arizona,
is the entrance to the historic Catalina State Park, a popular hiking
and camping spot for generations.
That's right- across the street from the Walmart.
Commercial and housing development has
crawled all the way up Oracle Road to the Catalina State Park entrance
in Tucson, AZ. where the recent Oro Valley Marketplace opened.
But, beyond the gates to the Arizona State Park, the area is as near pristine as it was decades ago.
The Catalina State Park is located in the Coronado National Forest along the west side of the Catalina Mountains. There are several well marked hiking trails for a short or long hike.
Camping is allowed in designated areas. There are handicap accessible trails and picnic areas. Pick up a copy of the Catalina State Park trail map at the Ranger Station.
So now, when someone asks one of the best
places to hike or camp on the northside- just tell them to go across
the street from Walmart.
Catalina State Park Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
Catalina State Park in Tucson, Arizona
celebrats its 30th anniversary on May 4, 2013. Arizona State Parks and
the Friends of Catalina State Park are co-sponsored a daylong
celebration at the Park. Read more about Catalina State Park 30th Anniversary.
Catalina State Park Quick FAQ's
Catalina State Park is located within
Coronado National Forest, and is managed by Arizona State Parks in
cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
The Park was dedicated by then Governor
Bruce Babbitt on May 25, 1983. He described Catalina State Park as
Arizona's first "great urban park." The Park attracts between
170,000 and 200,000 visitors each year from all over the world. The Park
plays an important role in the communities of northern Tucson, Oro
Valley and Catalina. Many people who live and work in these areas visit
it regularly with their families to hike, camp, picnic, ride bikes and
horses and walk their dogs. Many local groups and associations such as
the Tucson Audubon Society, local schools such as Basis Schools,
Citizens for Solar, and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection
organize events at Catalina State Park.
Parking Entrance Fee: There
is a $7 per vehicle fee to park, which includes a map of trails for
hiking and camping and a Catalina State Park Trail Guide. Annual passes are available for frequent hikers and campers.
Picnic: The picnic area has picnic tables, BBQ grills, modern flush restroom, and one 20x40 foot shade ramada. Picnic
area facilities are available first-come, first-served. No
reservations. Day use hours are 5 am-10 pm. A 20x40' ramada can now be
reserved. It has two grills and 10 picnic tables. It is only for day
Hiking: Several maintained trails run through the Catalina State Park. Get information on hiking trails and camping.
Visitor Station: The Visitor
Center/Ranger Station is located at the park entrance and is open from
8 am – 5 pm daily. A small gift shop area is located in the
visitor center/ranger station and is open from 8am-5pm.
• Pets must be kept on a leash.
• Wood fires and ground fires are prohibited, except in Group Areas.
• Natural materials/features in the park are protected.
• Camping is limited to 14 nights in a 30-day period.
• Generator hours: 8 am to 8 pm.
• Quiet hours: 10 pm to 7 am.
Directions: 11500 N. Oracle Road
(Highway 77). Catalina State Park is located on State Highway 77 (Oracle
Road) at mile marker 81, just nine miles north of Tucson and six miles
north of Ina Road.
Contact: (520) 628-5798